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Events Calendar

Browse the Anniversary Highlights by clicking through the months below. Anniversary Highlights are special events organised by the anniversary team in collaboration with partners. Included in the Anniversary Highlights are 50th Anniversary Signature Events, a series of university-wide, public events marked with the 50th stamp:

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Continuous Events (Fall 2012 - Spring 2013)

September 2012 - June 2013

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UVic Battle of the Bands

Music competition | September - December, 2012 (times tbd) | Felicita's Pub

With tons of cash prize giveaways and some of Victoria's best local talent going head to head, you won't want to miss this year's round of Battle of the Bands. Come out to Felicita’s campus pub for an exciting contest!

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50th Celebration Floral Tapestry

Display | September 2012 - August 2013 | SW corner of McKenzie Ave and Gordon Head Road intersection

Facilities Management have created a 50th Celebration Floral Tapestry.  The tapestry is designed using a variety of floral and landscaping materials and reads “UVic – 50.”  Find this floral display on the South West corner of the McKenzie Avenue and Gordon Head Road intersection.

50 Days of Movement. Credit: Vikes.



50 Days of Movement Challenge

Challenge | September 14, 2012 - April 5, 2013 | Ian Stewart Complex or McKinnon Gym

MOVE IT with Vikes Recreation!


50 Days of Movement
is an 8 month health and wellness challenge created to get you moving for 20 minutes a day. Starting September 14th, join us at ISC or McKinnon Gym and every time you use our services, swipe your University ID card and you could win one our weekly prize draws!

Once you have developed your new healthy exercise habit take the next step and ramp it up! The 50 Consecutive Days of Movement Challenge is for you! Starting from February 15th to April 5th, 2013, you can test your fitness mettle by staying active for 50 consecutive days. Special prizing will be awarded to those who complete this challenge. See the event poster for more details.

Uvic campus. Credit: UVic Photographic Services.

UVic Living Stories Project

Mapping Project | Ongoing | Online and at various events

The University of Victoria, on beautiful southern Vancouver Island, British Columbia, is an evolving “living landscape.” The existence of a university campus, a mere 50 years, is a fragment in time on a landscape continuum where people have worked, played, and lived, thereby characterizing a place-based heritage, spanning a timescale from the distant Past, 'time immemorial,' to well into the Future. Through a unique and innovative community-based art and online community mapping project, called Living Stories, our voices, photographs, artwork, and maps reveal the memories of this landscape, deepening our connection to it and cultivating a communal sense of place. Explore the Living Stories website!

Nursing students with pipettes. Credit: UVic Archives.

UVic School of Nursing History Exhibit

Exhibit | March - June 2013 | Various locations

At the School of Nursing, we have developed a portable UVic School of Nursing History exhibit for the 50th Anniversary Alumni Week that will show-case major achievements of the School over its 33 year history beginning with the inauguration of the Post Basic program in the 1970s up to the present.

The exhibit includes highlights from the various organizations and community programs related to the school’s development, as well as research and scholarly achievements of alumni, faculty, and students. These two panels consist of historical and contemporary photos and commentary. The exhibit, which consists of two collapsable panels, displays photos and text, is portable and can travel to School of Nursing and university events. The development of this project is an extension of an existing history of the UVic School of Nursing which has included student involvement.

We plan to display the exhibit at IdeaFest 2013 (March 4-15), the UVIC SON Research Day and alumni week (May 10th) and Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences (June 1-9). Contact the School of Nursing for more information. 

Fall 2012

August 2012

Julie Payette

50th Anniversary Signature Event


Julie Payette - "The Earth from Above: An Astronaut’s Perspective"

Lecture | August 27, 2012 (7:00 pm) | University Centre Farquhar Auditorium | Ticket required (free)

Count down to the launch of UVic’s 50th anniversary with Canadian astronaut Julie Payette, OC and Co-Chair, 50th Anniversary Honorary Cabinet.

Julie Payette is Chief Astronaut for the Canadian Space Agency as well as a professional electrical and computing engineer. She has made two spaceflights aboard the Discovery and Endeavour shuttles, and logged more than 611 hours in space. Payette was the first Canadian to board the International Space Station. This special illustrated presentation is suitable for all ages. Bring your questions!

 

September 2012

President David Turpin

50th Anniversary Signature Event


New Student Welcome and 50th Anniversary Kickoff

Ceremony | September 4, 2012 (time tbd) | McKinnon Gym

Be a part of history and experience the energy of the 50th class. Visit 50th Anniversary Kickoff for more information.

Michelle Bonner.

50th Anniversary Signature Event


50th Anniversary Deans' Lecture Series

"Order at Any Cost? Police and Protests after Authoritarian Rule in Argentina and Chile"

Lecture | September 28, 2012 (12:30 pm - 1:45 pm) | Greater Victoria Public Library | Registration required (free)

 

Michelle Bonner, PhD, Department of Political Science, UVic, explores democratization and the challenge of managing protests after authoritarian rule. The cases of Argentina and Chile are compared.

Visit the Deans' Lecture Series for further details.

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50th Anniversary Festival 

50th Anniversary Festival | September 28-29, 2012 | UVic campus


The 50th Anniversary Festival welcomes you to campus on September 28-29, 2012 for a jam-packed events schedule in celebration of 50 years of UVic excellence. Everyone is invited to attend! As part of the Festival, UVic welcomes back Alumni to the first ever UVic Homecoming. Make sure you don't miss this! 

Visit the 50th Anniversary Festival site for details.

UVic campus. Credit: UVic Photographic Services.

UVic Living Stories Project: The Walking Storybook

50th Anniversary Festival | Tour | September 29, 2012 | 10:30-12:00, 1:00-2:30 & 2:30-4:00 | SUB Welcome Totem Pole

Take an interpretive geo-historical walk around Ring Road to chart the campus' past and future. Enjoy engaging stories while circling Ring Road and discovering the rich environmental and cultural history of UVic's campus. The first tours will commence at the 50th Anniversary Festival on September 29, 2012.

View the cultural and historical landscape stories map on which this tour is based.

This event is part of the 50th Anniversary Festival.

Pit Cook.

Department of Anthropology: Elders' Voices Coast Salish Pit Cook

50th Anniversary Festival | Demonstration | September 28, 2012 (10:00 am - 1:00 pm) | Grass outside First Peoples House

The Department of Anthropology along with Elders’ Voices jointly hosts a Coast Salish “pit cook” in collaboration with Songhees First Nation member Cheryl Bryce. The event will be opened by UVic Elders in Residence, and the pit cook will be run by Cheryl Bryce with volunteer help from students and faculty from the Department of Anthropology. While listening to stories and teachings of the Elders, attendees can witness the creation of the pit and the layering of foods and cooking materials in the ground. When the food is ready, it will be shared with participants for tasting.

This event is part of the 50th Anniversary Festival.

Band on the Roof. Credit: UVic Archives.

UVic's 50th Anniversary Birthday Party and Bands on the Roof

50th Anniversary Festival | Party | September 28, 2012 (2:00 pm - 4:00 pm) | SUB

Come celebrate the biggest birthday party UVic has ever seen with today's students! There will be cupcakes, activities, music on the roof of the SUB and more. Make sure you sign UVic's birthday card! 

Organized and sponsored by the UVic Student Ambassadors in partnership with UVic Student Radio Society CFUV 101.9 FM and UVic Alumni Relations. 

This event is part of the 50th Anniversary Festival.

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For the Love of Books: Fifty Years of English at UVic

50th Anniversary Festival | Reception | September 28, 2012 (7:00 pm) | UVic Bookstore

Friends of English, both alumni and literature enthusiasts, are warmly invited to celebrate the culture of writing and reading that has made the UVic English Department such a rich place to teach and study. Raise your glass at the department's launch of its video commemorating fifty years of English at UVic, as well as its website feature, Fifty Special Books, which highlights books that have transformed the lives and minds of alumni, faculty and students. Department members past and present will offer short readings from their chosen book and reflect on its significance to them; the bookstore will feature a display of the books for guests to peruse.

Cash bar; hors d'oeuvres will be served. Come and celebrate the love of books!

This event is part of the 50th Anniversary Festival.

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Faculty of Education: Ways of Knowing, Ways of Being, Ways of Growing

50th Anniversary Festival | Tour & panel discussion | September 29, 2012 (11:00 am - 2:00 pm) | First Peoples House | Registration required (tour only)

Walking Tour (11:00 am - 12:00 pm | First Peoples House entrance)

Join the Faculty of Education for a walking tour to appreciate, admire and celebrate Aboriginal Artwork on campus as a means for sharing perspective on how the Faculty has, and will continue to, engage in respectful relationships with our Aboriginal communities. This tour is limited to 25 participants; registration is required.

Lunch (12:00 pm - 1:00 pm | First Peoples House)

A lunch for registered tour participants will be provided by the Faculty of Education and the Office of Indigenous Affairs.

Educational Panel and Conversation (1:00 pm - 2:00 pm | First Peoples House Ceremonial Hall)

The Faculty of Education and the Office of Indigenous Affairs will co-host a panel discussion and conversation related to the Ways of Knowing and Ways of Being, considering how the Faculty of Education has engaged with Aboriginal People in the last 50 years, while also envisioning Ways of Growing -- ways in which we envision our future Aboriginal partnerships and support.

This event is part of the 50th Anniversary Festival.

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Department of Chemistry Open House

50th Anniversary Festival | Open house | September 29, 2012 (11:00 am - 4:00 pm) | Elliot lecture and lab wings & Bob Wright Centre

Visit the Chemistry open house, one of the activities taking place during the Chemistry Department's 50th Anniversary Reunion. The open house features displays, public lectures and a chemistry show. Hands-on activities run throughout the day; test your skills and win prizes in the Chemistry Pentathalon and perform fun experiments at Chemistry for Kids.


This event is part of the 50th Anniversary Festival.

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Faculty of Engineering: Ideas that will Change the World

50th Anniversary Festival | Lecture | September 29, 2012 (times tbd) | ECS building

This event demonstrates how the Faculty of Engineering is a center of knowledge and an incubator for great high-tech ideas. The model for this event is a sequence of TED-type talks. Outstanding speakers will deliver inspiring talks!

This event is part of the 50th Anniversary Festival.

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Department of Psychology: Brain Science Expo

50th Anniversary Festival | Demonstration | September 29, 2012 (11:00 am - 4:00 pm) | Cornett Building

Visit our laboratories to learn about exciting new technologies that illuminate the activity and function of the human brain.

Dr. Jim Tanaka’s ERP Technology Lab

See someone wired with EEG electrodes and watch real-time recordings of “brain waves.”

Drs. Masson and Bub’s 3D Kinematic Motion Capture System

This apparatus uses magnetic fields and sensors taped to the hand to measure human movement with exquisite accuracy. Test how the apprehension of meaning affects people’s ability to reach toward and grasp objects.

Dr. Skelton’s Virtual Maze

This interactive discovery station, geared for children ages 5-14, offers fun activities grounded in the science of face perception.

Guest Lecture: Brain Illness Assessment

Attend UVic alumnus Dr. Phil Zeman’s lecture, “The Future of Brain Illness Assessment: Physiological Evidence and Characterization of Schizophrenia and Alzheimer's.”

This event is part of the 50th Anniversary Festival.

October 2012

Dr. Leslie Valiant.

Alan Turing Celebration Lecture

Lecture | October 10, 2012 (3:30 pm) | Engineering/Computer Science building 124

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of the "father of computer science," Alan Turing. His legacy is recognized with the Turing Award, the "Nobel prize" of computer science. The Department of Computer Science is honoured to host 2010 Turing award winner Leslie Valiant, who has made fundamental contributions to our understanding of computation, communication and learning. (co-sponsored by Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences) 

Peter N' Chris.

Spotlight on Alumni: The Mystery Of The Hungry Heart Motel

Written and Performed by Chris Wilson (BFA ‘08) and Peter Carlone (BFA ‘08)

Theatre | October 11 – 20, 2012 | Phoenix Theatre | Ticket required

You’ll “die” laughing when Peter N’ Chris contemplate the meaning of friendship while being chased by a psycho killer! Chris Wilson and Peter Carlone, graduates from the class of ’08, are returning to our stage for our annual Spotlight on Alumni with the latest instalment of their acclaimed Peter N’ Chris series, The Mystery of the Hungry Heart Motel. Since they left UVic, this physical comedy duo has been racking up awards and avid followers on the Fringe and SketchFest circuits across Canada and the United States. View the event poster.

Previews: October 9 & 10 (8.00 pm)
Opening: October 11 (8:00 pm)
Evening shows: Tuesdays through Saturdays (8:00pm)
Matinee show: October 20 (2:00 pm)
Note: There are no shows on Sundays or on Monday nights.

Visit Phoenix Theatre for more information.

Cindy Holder.

50th Anniversary Signature Event


50th Anniversary Deans' Lecture Series

"Why Truth is important in the Aftermath of Violence"

Lecture | October 12, 2012 (12:30 pm - 1:45 pm) | Greater Victoria Public Library | Registration required (free)

Cindy Holder, PhD, Department of Philosophy, UVic, questions the value of truth in the aftermath of massive human rights violations. One important reason truth matters is because of its connection to knowledge. To be true is to be faithful to experience. And so when societies commit to seeking truth, they commit themselves to seeking statements and narratives and offering explanations that are faithful to experiences. Whose experiences must statements, narratives and explanations be faithful to? And which aspects must be taken into account? How societies answer these questions reveals a lot about what they value.

Visit the Deans' Lecture Series for further details and registration information.

Eve Egoyan

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Eve Egoyan, piano

Concert | October 13, 2012 (8:00 pm) | Phillip T. Young Recital Hall | Ticket required

School of Music distinguished alumna and 50th Anniversary Honorary Cabinet member, Eve Egoyan, performs Surface Tension, a unique collaborative work for Disklavier piano and interactive video by Eve Egoyan and David Rokeby. 

Egoyan will also perform solo works for piano by Erik Satie, Per Nørgård, and Alvin Curran. Download the Eve Egoyan concert poster.

Proceeds will benefit a scholarship for UVic Fine Arts students.

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50th Anniversary Signature Event


A Celebration of 50 Years of Excellence

Dinner | October 16, 2012 (reception at 6:00 pm, dinner and awards at 7:00 pm) | The Crystal Garden

A signature gala dinner within UVic’s 50th Anniversary period to celebrate the university’s global and local community impact and honour  five individuals whose inspiring stories of personal and professional accomplishment exemplify UVic’s values of excellence.

Visit A Celebration of 50 Years of Excellence for further information.

Marcus Milwright.

50th Anniversary Signature Event


50th Anniversary Deans' Lecture Series

"Doris Duke and the Crafts of Syria and Egypt"

Lecture | October 19, 2012 (12:30 pm - 1:45 pm) | Greater Victoria Public Library | Registration required (free)

Marcus Milwright, PhD, Department of History in Art and Director of the Medieval Studies Program, UVic, looks at the collection of Islamic art and architectural fittings purchased by Doris Duke and assembled in Shangri La, the residence she commissioned in Honolulu. Duke was particularly interested in the contemporary craft traditions of the Middle East, and objects in her collection will be assessed in the light of evidence found in photographs and in Arabic written sources of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.

Visit the Deans' Lecture Series for further details and registration information.

Baba Brinkman.

Baba Brinkman: The Canterbury Tales Remixed

Theatre | October 24, 2012 (2:00 pm - 4:00 pm) | Farquhar Auditorium | Ticket Required

Baba Brinkman is an award-winning Canadian rap artist and writer, currently based in New York. UVic grad Baba will make an exlusive appearance at his alma mater with two "geek rap" performances in support of UVic's 50th anniversary. "Geek rap" is a popular form of communicating academic subjects to wider audiences.  Don't miss the Canterbury Tales remixed which interprets the works of Chaucer for modern audiences. 

Baba on YouTube: http://bit.ly/RCzs1f  

Baba on Twitter: @BabaBrinkman

http://www.bababrinkman.com/

Baba Brinkman: rap guide to evolution.

Baba Brinkman: The Rap Guide to Evolution

Theatre | October 24, 2012 (8:00 pm) | Farquhar Auditorium | Ticket Required

Baba Brinkman is an award-winning Canadian rap artist and writer, currently based in New York. UVic grad Baba will make an exlusive appearance at his alma mater with two "geek rap" performances in support of UVic's 50th anniversary. "Geek rap" is a popular form of communicating academic subjects to wider audiences.  Don't miss the The Rap Guide to Evolution which interprets the works of Darwin for modern audiences. 

Baba on YouTube: http://bit.ly/RCzs1f  

Baba on Twitter: @BabaBrinkman

http://www.bababrinkman.com/

Luc Simard.

50th Anniversary Signature Event


50th Anniversary Deans' Lecture Series

"Casting Bigger and Sharper Eyes onto the Cosmos: What Will We See?"

Lecture |October 24, 2012 (7:00 pm - 8:30 pm) | Legacy Art Gallery | Registration required (free)

A talk by Luc Simard, PhD, Astronomer, Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics and Department of Physics and Astronomy, UVic. A new generation of giant telescopes coupled with powerful technologies to control and process light is setting the stage for a Golden Age of new discoveries that will transform our view of the Universe. What will we see? The first stars and galaxies? Earth-like planets around other stars? This talk will attempt to give a sneak preview of this new voyage of exploration.

 

Visit the Deans' Lecture Series for further details and registration information.

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Alan Turing's 100th Birthday Celebration

Alan Turing Lectures

"21st Century Raga: Digitizing North Indian Music" 

Ajay Kapur, California Institute of the Arts

Lecture | October 29, 2012 (3:00 pm) | ECS building 124

 

This presentation describes methods for digitizing, analyzing, preserving and extending North Indian Classical Music. Custom built controllers, influenced by the Human Computer Interaction (HCI) Community, serve as new interfaces to gather musical gestures from a performing artist. Modified tabla, dholak, and sitar will be described. Experiments using Wearable sensors to capture ancillary gestures of a human performer will also be discussed. A brief history through the world of Musical Robotics will be followed by an introduction to the MahaDeviBot, a 12-armed solenoid-based drummer used to accompany a live sitar player. Presentation is full of  video examples showing evolution of the body of work in the laboratory to the live performance stage.
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Alan Turing's 100th Birthday Celebration

Alan Turing Lectures

"Don't Forget the Machines: Orchestra of Humans, Digital Instruments and Robots"

Ajay Kapur, California Institute of the Arts

Lecture | October 30, 2012 (11:30 am) | Cornett building B112

With advances in inexpensive computational hardware and sensors, we can now easily build new types of musical instruments, and other real-time interactive expressive devices. This presentation introduces the KarmetiK  Machine Orchestra, a mixed ensemble of human and robotic performers. The Orchestra is coordinated through technical and musical classes at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), where the pedagogical focus is to  combine the musical elements of a laptop orchestra with the technical skills required to create a robotic ensemble. Ten electromechanical instruments have been developed by members and collaborators of the Orchestra.  The ensemble has given notable international premieres and performances at venues including the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (REDCAT) in Los Angeles and 01SJ, the biennial music and arts festival in San Jose, California. Well-known researchers and performers are invited to participate in the Orchestra to bring novel technical, musical, and collaborative ideas to the ensemble. The presentation describes the design and production of robotic instruments, details on the visual and sonic aesthetic of the ensemble, technical considerations of the computer network employed in performance, and information on an assortment of compositions in the current repertoire.

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Department of Writing: Alumni Reading

Reading | October 30, 2012 (7:00pm) | Harry Hickman building 105

Join us for an evening celebrating the University of Victoria's 50th anniversary that will feature readings from eight extraordinary graduates from the Department of Writing. The Malahat Review will also announce the winners of its Alumni Writing Contest.

November 2012

George Tzanetakis

50th Anniversary Signature Event


50th Anniversary Deans' Lecture Series

"How Computers Have and Will Affect Music Creation, Distribution and Perception"

Lecture | November 2, 2012 (12:30 pm - 1:45 pm) | Greater Victoria Public Library | Registration required (free)

A lecture by George Tzanetakis, PhD, Canada Research Chair in Computer Analysis of Audio and Music, Department of Computer Science, UVic.
Computers have transformed almost every human endeavor and music is no exception. In this talk George Tzanetakis will describe the many ways computers have been used in relation to music and describe some of the ways they are transforming how music is created, distributed and perceived.

Visit the Deans' Lecture Series for further details and registration information.

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Alan Turing's 100th Birthday Celebrations

Alan Turing Lectures 

"The Library of Babel - Composing, Computing, and Creativity"

David A. Jaffe, Universal Audio

Lecture | November 5, 2012 (6:30 pm) | Social Sciences and Math Building A120

Lecture | November 6, 2012 (2:30 pm) | MacLaurin Building A160

Luis Jorge Borges envisioned a library of every possible book of a given length and set of characters. The size of this library, while not quite infinite is effectively so, dwarfing the number of atoms in the known universe by eighteen hundred orders of magnitude. The plight of the creative artist is similar: to pick exactly one of these possibilities.

My background is unusual in that I have pursued music composition and computer programming with equal intensity and with a deep conviction as to their fundamental creative nature, drawing inspiration one from the other. These two seemingly different domains share much in common, as both can be modeled by similar paradigms: making something from nothing (additive synthesis), making something from everything (subtractive synthesis), making something from something else (genetic algorithms), etc. Combining these two pursuits has led me to develop a musical approach based on hybridization, abstraction and concretization.

It is often said that music composition cannot be taught. A more accurate statement would be that it can be taught only in a personal way, based on detached self-observation, and without any assumption that past behavior predicts future actions. In this talk I examine my wanderings in the labyrinthine Library of Babel.

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Alan Turing's 100th Birthday Celebrations

Alan Turing Lectures 

"Turing's Spiritual Legacy"

Jaron Lanier, Microsoft Research

Lecture | November 7, 2012 (8:15 pm) | Philip T. Young Recital Hall, School of Music

Alan Turing is one of the few people in history to invent a wholly new spiritual idea. As such, he has unquestionably been one of the most influential figures of the last century, and there is no doubt that he will remain so in the future. This lecture will be an appreciation of Turing, as well as a criticism of intellectual and economic events that have been influenced by him.

Jaron Lanier is one of the founders of Virtual Reality. In January 2010, Knopf published Lanier’s book You Are Not a Gadget, A Manifesto, which the New York Times described as “necessary reading for anyone interested in how the Web and the software we use every day are reshaping culture and the marketplace.” In 2010 You Are Not a Gadget, A Manifesto was chosen as one of the New York Times “Best Books of the Year.”

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Alan Turing's 100th Birthday Celebrations

Alan Turing Lectures 

"Developing Tools for Contemporary Electronic Music Performance"

Adam Tindale, OCAD University

Lecture | November 8, 2012 (1:30 pm) | MacLaurin Building D114

Lecture | November 9, 2012 (11:30 am) | Cornett Building B112

Adam Tindale develops new interfaces for musical expression through a combination of physical modeling synthesis, machine listening and learning, and custom hardware development. The talk will provide a survey of Adam's past work in addition to new explorations in audio reactive visuals, APIs for artists, electronic music performance pedagogy, and assistive technology.
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Alan Turing's 100th Birthday Celebrations

Alan Turing Lectures 

"Soundplane Workshop"

Randy Jones, Madrona Labs

Workshop | November 8, 2012 (3:30 pm) | MacLaurin Building D114

An informal, hands-on lab to explore the Soundplane and DIY capacitive sensing with Max/MSP. Bring a vague idea, we’ll try to refine it. Bring a specific idea, we’ll make a patch and move it in the direction of a performance.

Dr. Timothy Black

50th Anniversary Signature Event


50th Anniversary Deans' Lecture Series

"Did You Ever Kill Anyone? Stories of Military to Civilian Transition for Canadian Force Members"

Lecture | November 9, 2012 (12:30 pm - 1:45 pm) | Greater Victoria Public Library | Registration required (free)

Dr. Timothy Black, PhD, Department of Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies, UVic, will speak about his experience working clinically with Canadian Military Veterans and transitioning members of the Canadian Forces over the last 14 years as one of the co-developers of the Veterans Transition Program (VTP). He will also speak about his research on successful veteran transition for Canadian Forces members with a focus on what the veterans have to say about their transition experiences in their own words.

Visit the Deans' Lecture Series for further details and registration information.

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Alan Turing's 100th Birthday Celebrations

Alan Turing Lectures 

"Multitouch interfaces: beyond the tablet"

Randy Jones, Madrona Labs

Lecture | November 9, 2012 (2:30 pm) | MacLaurin Building A168

Randy Jones of Madrona Labs will talk about music and multitouch interface. Thanks to smart phones and tablet computing, multitouch interfaces have been a common topic of discussion over the past few years. Phones and tablets are general-purpose tools that have their pros and cons for music making. As multitouch technology becomes specialized for music performance, what will future hardware and software look like?

For his Masters thesis at UVic, Randy came up with one answer in the form of the Soundplane, a new instrument designed specifically for computer music performance. Randy will discuss some of the design goals behind his instrument, some of the difficulties faced in bringing it to commercial production, and some of the near-term prospects for it and other new performance instruments.

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50th Anniversary Signature Event


Fall 2012 Convocation

Ceremony | November 13 - 14, 2012 | University Centre Farquhar Auditorium | Registration required

 

Convocation is the university’s formal ceremony for the conferral of degrees, diplomas and certificates. It is a memorable highlight of our students' time at UVic. The Fall 2012 schedule will be posted in late August. Information regarding attendance for Convocation, tickets, regalia rental and photographs will be forwarded to all graduating students by mailapproximately 6 weeks prior to the ceremony.

Visit Convocation for further details.

Tim Stockwell

50th Anniversary Signature Event


50th Anniversary Deans' Lecture Series

"Alcohol Supply, Demand and Harm Reduction: What is the Best Cocktail of Policies to Manage our Favourite Drug?"

Lecture | November 21, 2012 (7:00 pm - 8:30 pm) | Legacy Art Gallery | Registration required (free)

Alcohol remains Canada's favourite recreational drug and is estimated by the World Health Organization to be the leading cause of preventable illness, injury and disability in the Americas region, ahead of obesity, cigarette smoking and high blood pressure. Tim Stockwell, PhD, Department of Psychology and Director of the Centre for Addictions Research of BC, UVic, discusses new knowledge regarding health risks and possible health benefits from drinking and reviews the evidence for what policies might help us best balance the risks and benefits in our relationship with alcohol.

Visit the Deans' Lecture Series for further details and registration information.

Maneesha Deckha

50th Anniversary Signature Event


50th Anniversary Deans' Lecture Series

"Property or Persons? Recent Changes to Animals' Legal Status"

Lecture |  November 23, 2012 (12:30 pm - 1:45 pm) | Greater Victoria Public Library | Registration required (free)

Maneesha Deckha, LL.M., Faculty of Law, UVic, provides an overview of recent cases and legislation that challenge the traditional view of nonhuman animals as property under the common law. International and domestic initiatives will be discussed.

Visit the Deans' Lecture Series for further details and registration information.

Ian Putnam

50th Anniversary Signature Event


50th Anniversary Deans' Lecture Series

"New Geometric Patterns Which Lie Between Boredom and Confusion"

Lecture | November 30, 2012 (12:30 pm - 1:45 pm) | Greater Victoria Public Library | Registration required (free)

A lecture by Ian Putnam, PhD, Canada Research Chair in Operator Algebras and Dynamical Systems, Fellow, Royal Society of Canada, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, UVic.

In the 1960's and 1970's, mathematicians discovered a world of geometric patterns which are beyond the classical and well-understood periodic patterns and yet display a huge degree of regularity. Ian Putnam discusses their subtle mathematical properties and the amazing subsequent discovery of physical materials displaying the same type of atomic structure.

Visit the Deans' Lecture Series for further details and registration information.

December 2012

Alexandra D'Arcy

50th Anniversary Signature Event


50th Anniversary Deans' Lecture Series

"Tracing our Linguistic Roots: On Being Victorian and Canadian"

Lecture | December 5, 2012 (7:00 pm - 8:30 pm) | Legacy Art Gallery | Registration required (free)

Alexandra D’Arcy, PhD, Department of Linguistics and Director of the Sociolinguistics Lab, UVic, explores the linguistic nuances and consequences of Victoria’s 'Very British' history and popular ideology. It will address issues of settlement, isolation, and educational policy in Victoria, and how these are reconciled with Victoria’s Canadian positioning in the linguistic landscape.

Visit the Deans' Lecture Series for further details and registration information.

George Dyson, 1973, off Cape Caution, on a trip in Queen Charlotte Sound.

50th Anniversary Signature Event


George Dyson - President's Distinguished Lecture - Honorary Doctor of Laws

"Two Years Before the Mast"

Lecture & Special Convocation | December 4, 2012 (7:00 pm) | University Centre Farquhar Auditorium |

George Dyson is an internationally acclaimed author, historian and philosopher of science and technology. His fourth book, Turing’s Cathedral, was published earlier this year and serves as a “creation myth for the digital universe.” A review in The Guardian described it as an “unusual, wonderful, even visionary account of the early years of computers.” It builds on the theme of his three prior books: the symbiosis and co-evolution of man and technology. This theme is also reflected in his influential adaptation of traditional kayak designs, using contemporary materials, which has stimulated the remarkable growth of kayaking on the West Coast and beyond.

At the Special Convocation on December 4, an Honorary Doctor of Laws will be conferred on George Dyson. This brief ceremony is followed by his President’s Distinguished Lecture:Two Years Before the Mast.

Credit: The Public Design Workshop at Ga Tech.

Long-Term Thinking with Technologies

A Panel Featuring George Dyson 

with Barbara Bordalejo, Alexandrine Boudreault-Fournier, Jeffrey Foss, David Leach, Jentery Sayers, and Victoria Wyatt

Panel | December 5, 2012 (9:30 am - 11:00 am) | Harry Hickman 110 | Seating limited; arrive early

In our so-called digital age, engagements with technologies are typically associated with speed, immediacy and convenience. But how do we think about technologies in the long term? With this question in mind, this event brings together a group of scholars (including famed science historian, George Dyson) to explore the critical nature of speculation and long-term thinking in our current moment.

View the event poster for further details.

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50th Anniversary Deans' Lecture Series

"For the Love of the Larynx: A tour of how we use this amazing structure in speech and beyond"

Lecture | December 7, 2012 (12:30 pm - 1:45 pm) | Greater Victoria Public Library | Registration required (free)

Scott Moisik, PhD candidate, Department of Linguistics, UVic, provides an in depth look at the larynx in its role as a mechanism of speech, performance, and singing. The laryngeal involvement in speech sound production will be discussed and illustrated using imaging techniques such as laryngoscopy, videofluoroscopy, and ultrasound as well as several different computational models, some simple and some sophisticated.

Visit the Deans' Lecture Series for further details and registration information.

Spring 2013

January 2013

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Faculty Chamber Music Series
Music For and In the Moment

Concert | January 12, 2013 (8:00 pm - 10:00 pm) | Philip T. Young Recital Hall | Ticket Required

A concert featuring works composed and performed by our celebrated School of Music faculty to honour the University’s 50th Anniversary. Program includes compositions by John Celona, Dániel Péter Biró, Rudolf Komorous, and a world premiere by Christopher Butterfield.

Works will include:

  • Celona – Cezannes’ Doubt and Networks
  • Butterfield – Pastorale and Omar Khayyam (world premiere)
  • Biró – Palmipsests & Quails
  • Komorous – Fuman Manga

For more information, call 250-721-8634 or visit www.finearts.uvic.ca/music/events

Colin Bradley.

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50th Anniversary Deans' Lecture Series

"The Search for Franklin's Lost Vessels: The 2012 HMS Erebus and HMS Terror Expedition"

Lecture | January 18, 2013 (12:30 pm - 1:45 pm) | Greater Victoria Public Library | Registration required (free)

Colin Bradley, PhD, PEng, Department of Mechanical Engineering presents on the preparation and execution of the 2012 Arctic mission to search for Sir John Franklin's lost vessels, with a particular emphasis on the technology currently being used to map the seafloor and hunt for the wrecks. The Ocean Technology Laboratory has been developing underwater technologies and engaged in a wide spectrum of UVic-led projects since 2003.

Due to the importance of Sir John Franklin’s 1845 voyage to Canada’s history of Arctic navigation and exploration, the two lost ships, HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, are designated together as a national historic site of Canada (the only such “undiscovered” national historic site). Locating these shipwrecks offers unprecedented information on the search for the Northwest Passage and the exploration of Canada’s North. In the summer of 2012, the Parks Canada-led search for the Franklin vessels enlisted the University of Victoria’s Ocean Technology Laboratory. The Faculty of Engineering team employed an autonomous underwater vehicle, equipped with bathymetric side-scan sonar, to map the ocean floor at depths that are unsafe for divers. The high resolution acoustic imagery is being used to detect and identify artifacts of archaeological significance.

Visit the Deans' Lecture Series for further details and registration information.

February 2013

Paul Schure.

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50th Anniversary Deans' Lecture Series

"Financial Crises and Economic Crises"

Lecture | February 1, 2013 (12:30 pm - 1:45 pm) | Greater Victoria Public Library | Registration required (free)

Some financial crises culminate in economic crises whereas others appear to have no impact on the real economy. In this talk Dr Paul Schure, PhD, Department of Economics, will address why the 2007-08 financial crisis turned out to have a very serious impact on the global economy. Dr Schure will also briefly go into the current European sovereign debt crisis and particularly the question of how it is possible that the woes of a small country like Greece can have such enormous impact on the stability of the European financial sector, and why Canada should care.

Visit the Deans' Lecture Series for further details and registration information.

26th Annual Medieval Workshop


"Stories of Gold"

26th Annual Medieval Workshop

Workshop | February 9, 2013 (9:00 am - 4:30 pm) | Bob Wright Centre B150 | Registration required

Gold has been prized by humans for thousands of years. One of the few metals to occur in its pure form on the surface of the earth, gold is a remarkably malleable material that can be formed into any shape. To celebrate the fiftieth (golden) anniversary of the University of Victoria, we have chosen to explore the many roles of this rare and beautiful metal within Medieval society. Gold was used for sacred purposes ranging from reliquaries and liturgical items to the ornamentation of buildings and manuscripts with gold leaf. The metal had a central role in economic life, with gold coins circulating across the known world. There are also metaphorical dimensions of gold; these include the Medieval bestseller, the Golden Legend, and the pervasive concept of lost “Golden Ages.” We hope to bring you a workshop that is worth its weight in gold. View the workshop poster.

The Medieval Studies Program is also developing a website that will contain studies of golden objects and uses of gold in art written by faculty and students.

Teeny Ted from Turnip Town. Credit: Robert Chaplin.

Teeny Ted from Turnip Town: World's Smallest Book

Reading | February 9, 2013 (9:30 am - 12:00 pm) | David Lam Auditorium, MacLaurin A144 | Registration required (free)

The world’s smallest book is not available at the UVic Bookstore, nor is it residing in the Vault of UVic's Special Collections. It is so tiny, 70 micrometers by 100 micrometers, that you need a microscope to read it. The book is credited in the Guinness Book of World Records as being the smallest book and was created by UVic alumnus Robert Chaplin, BFA '90.  Join us to hear the story of how the world’s smallest book grew and hear Robert read Teeny Ted from Turnip Town.

Attendance Prize Draw: UVic’s 50th Anniversary History Book

In addition to the reading, you can pick up a complimentary copy of UVic's 50th Anniversary Colouring Book, 2nd edition, and a I love UVic” book bag. Complete our UVic family self-directed, campus scavenger hunt on the back cover to discover kid fun facts about UVic.

This event is part of Alumni Week 2013.

Carolyn Butler-Palmer.

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50th Anniversary Deans' Lecture Series

"The Biography of the Elizabeth Yeend Duer Collection"

*** This lecture has been postponed and will be rescheduled for fall 2013. Please contact ecbowman@uvic.ca for more information. ***

Carolyn Butler-Palmer occupies the Williams Legacy Chair in Modern and Contemporary Arts of the Pacific Northwest in Art History at the University of Victoria. Professor Butler-Palmer has recently been a scholar in residence at the Georgia O’Keeffe Research Center and was awarded a University of Pittsburgh Mellon Fellowship. Her current program of research focuses on cross-cultural relations as they pertain to the idea of the Pacific Northwest. She is currently working on a book Cosmographic Cosmopolitanism: The Life and Aesthetics of David Neel. In addition, she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in modern and contemporary arts of Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, and Alaska. 

Visit the Deans' Lecture Series for further details and registration information.

Paul Nicklen

Paul Nicklen's Polar Obsession

Alumni Week | Lecture |  February 6, 2013 (7:30 pm) | University Centre Farquhar Auditorium

National Geographic photographer Paul Nicklen is a proud UVic alumnus (BSc Biology 1990). Paul Nicklen has specialized in photographing polar regions since 1995.  A unique childhood among the Inuit in Canada’s Arctic and a professional background as a biologist in the Northwest Territories has enabled him to take on the most inhospitable places on our planet.  Whether he is ice diving amongst leopard seals in Antarctica, covering hundreds of miles of terrain in -40F temperatures or mastering aerial shots from his ultralight plane, Paul always captures images that reflect a reverence for the creatures inhabiting these isolated and endangered environments.  His presentation of stunning images and his passion for polar regions will move you to ask what personal changes you can incorporate into your life to make a difference.

Richard King.

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50th Anniversary Deans' Lecture Series

"The Chinese Propaganda Poster Project: Preserving a Lost Future"

Lecture | February 8, 2013 (12:30 pm - 1:45 pm) | Greater Victoria Public Library | Registration required (free)

A lecture by Richard King, PhD, Department of Pacific and Asian Studies. From the 1950s to the 1980s, posters were an important medium for the state to communicate its messages to the Chinese people, promising a new and better society that would be achieved with enlightened leadership and concerted effort. To preserve these compelling images of a future that never happened as the posters themselves deteriorate, the Department of Pacific and Asian Studies and the UVic Library are digitizing a collection that captures the Chinese nation at a time of turmoil and transformation.

Visit the Deans' Lecture Series for further details and registration information.

Anne Michaels. Credit: Marzena Pogorzaly.

50th Anniversary Signature Event

Anne Michaels - President's Distinguished Lecture and Special Convocation

Lecture & Special Convocation |  February 18, 2013 (7:00 pm) | University Centre Farquhar Auditorium

Anne Michaels is a celebrated Canadian author whose poetry collections include The Weight of Oranges, (Commonwealth Prize for the Americas) and Miner’s Pond (Canadian Authors Association Award; shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award and the Trillium Award). Her bestselling first novel, Fugitive Pieces earned 10 awards including the Chapters/Books in Canada First Novel Award and the Orange Prize for Fiction in the U.K.

Free admission and everyone welcome.

Colleen Clement.

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50th Anniversary Deans' Lecture Series

"Confidence Clinic by Colleen Clement"

Lecture | February 20, 2013 (7:00 pm - 8:30 pm) | Legacy Art Gallery | Registration required (free)

To better prepare our youth with the skills of compassion and understanding needed in our world of ever-increasing cross-cultural encounters, we must engage the mind, body, and heart together as opposed to relying solely on the intellect for answers. The Confidence Clinic by Colleen Clement, PhD Candidate, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, will provide a hands-on demonstration of how tools found in the performing arts offer a means for total embodiment of knowledge and awareness. In a fun, encouraging atmosphere, participants will experience how even the simplest of drama techniques can spark effective problem solving

Visit the Deans' Lecture Series for further details and registration information.

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50th Anniversary Signature Event in Collaboration with the CRD

A New Leaf: Turning to Our Region's Future

Lecture | February 21, 2013 (7:00 pm) | David Lam Auditorium, A144 MacLaurin Building 

Discussion Forum | February 22, 2013 (8:30 am - 4:00 pm) | David Lam Auditorium, A144 MacLaurin Building | Register online


The demographic profile of the capital region is changing. As the population size and structure changes, demands for labour, housing, health care, transportation, education and many other aspects of our region will change over the years to come. By planning ahead, the region will be able to take advantage of opportunities and prepare for a prosperous future.

Decision makers, planners, researchers and the general public will discuss the opportunities, challenges and options created by these anticipated changes, and seek ways to work together effectively.

A New Leaf: Turning to Our Region's Future provides an opportunity to consider the potential impact of demographic change in our region.  The event includes a public lecture on February 21, 2013 and a discussion forum on February 22, 2013. See the event poster.

Trevor Lantz.

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50th Anniversary Deans' Lecture Series

"Environmental Change in the Western Arctic: Understanding Impacts and Adapting to a Warmer World"

Lecture | February 22, 2013 (12:30 pm - 1:45 pm) | Greater Victoria Public Library | Registration required (free)

Trevor Lantz is a terrestrial ecologist who works at a variety of scales to understand environmental change in northern ecosystems. Members of his lab combine detailed field investigations of vegetation and microenvironment with broad-scale change detection and spatial pattern analysis. By combining field investigations and regional mapping, his research program seeks to link knowledge of key processes with data on landscape-level variation in critical drivers. Current research projects in the western Arctic focus on permafrost degradation, storm surges, shrub encroachment, catastrophic lake drainage, and anthropogenic disturbance

Visit the Deans' Lecture Series for further details and registration information.

March 2013

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The UVic 50th anniversary Culture Fest

Talent Show | March 1, 2013 (7:00 pm - 9:00 pm) | David Lam Auditorium, MacLaurin building A144

Join us for this cultural event celebrating the rich and diverse cultures of international students attending courses in Continuing Studies’ English Language Centre. This one-night event will feature an exhibition of talents, costumes, artwork, performances, and educational presentations.  A performance of live music and refreshments will complement our talent show.

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IdeaFest 2013

IdeaFest 2013 | March 4 - 15, 2013 | Various locations

Ideas that can change everything.

Spend two weeks in March with dozens of world-changing ideas worth exploring at UVic's second ever IdeaFest.

Whether you're a science lover, a linguist, a gamer, an art history fan (or something else entirely) this festival is a brilliant opportunity to have your curiosity piqued by researchers, scholars and artists that help make the world a bit more interesting - and a little bit better tomorrow - for everyone.

With over 50 free events in the schedule, the hardest part will be figuring out which great idea to start with.

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Women @ UVic: A Year Long Celebration

Chrystos at UVic - Poetry Reading

Reading | March 4, 2013 (10:00 am - 11:20 am) | Elliott building 062

Presented by Women's Studies

Chrystos - Menominee two-spirit poet, warrior, writer, artist and "arrow in the throat of civilization"

Gloria Anzaldua on Chrystos' poetry:

Her words slide into our throats, feed the hungry soul, fill the lost and homeless heart. Her voice binds into wholeness our severed selves with self-esteem. It call away from the death of invisibility, insists that we be seen and acounted to, no longer banished, no longer vanishing. She leaves her howl inside us.

This event is free - all welcome

Dr. Anthony Chan.

UVic Alumni Dr. Anthony Chan Presents on Asian-Canadian Film

Lecture / Film Presentation | March 4 - 5, 2013 | Various locations

Dr Anthony Chan: A UVic Alumni's Life in History and Film
March 4, 2013 (2:30-4:30 pm) | Clearihue A127 | Free and open to the public

Come and hear Dr. Chan reflect on his experience of being a History student in the 1960s at UVic, and the importance of his History degrees to his subsequent career as a major documentary film-maker with the CBC and international broadcasters. Dr. Chan produced a range of films on Asian Canadian and Asian American topics including "The Asianadian: An Asian Canadian Magazine" and "Asians in the West:: Asian Americans and Vietnam Collection".

From Victoria to Vietnam: A Retrospective on Asian-Canadian Documentaries
March 4, 2013 (7:30 pm) | Cinecenta | Free and open to the public

Celebrate Asian-Canadian Film with Director and UVic Alumni, Dr. Anthony Chan. Please join us for the showing of two of Dr. Chan's films: The Panama, and American Nurse, with introductions by Dr. Chan.

Intersections of History and Film in Asian-Canadian and Asian-American context
March 5, 2013 (4:30 pm -6:00 pm) | Social Sciences & Mathematics A110 

Following on the heels of the March 4 documentary at Cinecenta, please join us for the lecture “Intersections of History and Film in Asian-Canadian and Asian-American contexts” by Dr. Chan.

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Faculty of Education: Ways of Knowing, Ways of Being, Ways of Growing

Connections 2.0: A Gallery of Research

IdeaFest | Exhibit | March 5, 2013 (3:00 pm - 5:00 pm) | David Lam Auditorium lobby, MacLaurin building A144

Education faculty and students will exhibit artifacts or posters related to their research. They will also have the opportunity to mingle and connect with other researchers/exhibitors and interested audience.

This event is part of IdeaFest 2013.

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Building an Innovative Nation: The role of universities in strengthening Canada's future

IdeaFest 2013 | March 8, 2013 | David Lam Auditorium, MacLaurin building A144

What makes a nation truly innovative?

This forum explores the state of and opportunities for breaking new ground in Canadian innovation with a panel discussion and audience Q+A on this timely and multi-faceted subject. Thought leaders including Tom Brzustowski, Don Drummond, Ana Maria Peredo and Gerri Sinclair will discuss how both public policy and partnerships between universities, industry, government and community will keep moving Canada forward.

Hamar Foster.

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50th Anniversary Deans' Lecture Series

"One Hundred Years of Advocating for Justice: Litigating the Calder Case"

Lecture | March 20, 2013 (7:00 pm - 8:30 pm) | Legacy Art Gallery | Registration required (free)

Using video clips, photographs and other visual aids, Professor Foster, QC, Faculty of Law will outline and discuss the legal and historical context of the Calder case, decided by the Supreme Court of Canada in 1973. Although the case began in the 1960s, its roots reach back as far as the 1870s, and it is one of the main reasons that Canada developed a comprehensive land claims process.

Visit the Deans' Lecture Series for further details and registration information.

John Meldrum.

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50th Anniversary Deans' Lecture Series

"Reducing Our Leisure Deficit"

Lecture | March 22, 2013 (12:30 pm - 1:45 pm) | Greater Victoria Public Library | Registration required (free)

Canadians have access to more free time than ever and yet as a society we face a serious leisure deficit. John Meldrum's, PhD, School of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education, talk will address our individual and collective leisure deficit and will discuss current leisure research that impacts health, happiness and community engagement. Practical suggestions for how to address our individual and societal leisure deficit will also be examined.

Visit the Deans' Lecture Series for further details and registration information.

Dr. Vandana Shiva.

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Dr. Vandana Shiva – President’s Distinguished Lecture – Special Convocation

Lecture & Special Convocation | March 27, 2013 (7:00 pm) | University Centre Farquhar Auditorium

University-trained as a physicist and philosopher, Dr. Vandana Shiva is one of the world’s most influential ecofeminists and social justice activists.

In this President’s Distinguished Lecture, Dr. Shiva explores the future of food. Will farmers continue to be displaced? Will biodiversity continue to disappear? Will five companies continue to control seeds through patents and another five continue to control trade through free trade treaties? Will hunger and malnutrition continue to grow and the quality of food continue to decline? Or will the future of food be based on biodiversity, small farms and gardens everywhere, producing more and better food, while rejuvenating the soil and biodiversity?

April 2013

Credit: Jennifer Stillwell.

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50th Anniversary Deans' Lecture Series

"Site as Content: Contemporary Approaches to Visual Art and Place"

Lecture | April 5, 2013 (12:30 pm - 1:45 pm) | Greater Victoria Public Library | Registration required (free)

In this talk, Jennifer Stillwell, MFA, Department of Visual Arts, will explore select histories, strategies and interpretations of site-specific art work. Consideration will be given to the traditional white-walled gallery, alternative exhibition spaces and outdoor locations.

Visit the Deans' Lecture Series for further details and registration information.

Dr. Lefebvre in front of Large Hadron Collider. Credit: Dr. Brigitte Vachon

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Subatomic Smash: The Quest for the Higgs Boson

Lecture | April 9, 2013 (doors open at 6:30 pm; 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm) | David Lam Auditorium, MacLaurin building A144

Since the discovery of the electron more than one hundred years ago, the exploration of the subatomic world has had a profound impact on human knowledge. Physicists have recently found a new subatomic particle that is widely believed to be the hypothesized Higgs boson.

This public presentation by Dr. Michel Lefebvre will take you on a journey inside the atom, into the realm of the fundamental building blocks of matter and the interactions between them. Seize the opportunity to delve into experimental particle physics at the energy frontier with the Large Hadron Collider and the ATLAS detector, marvels of modern technology operating as the largest and most powerful microscope ever built.

UVic physicists are founding members of the ATLAS Collaboration, which built the equipment and collected the data used in the search for the Higgs boson. The recent discovery and further exploration of this particle will greatly expand our understanding of the Universe.

Follow the quest and bring your questions.

Doors open at 6:30 pm. This event will also be simultaneously webcast to an auditorium in an adjacent building.

For more information visit Subatomic Smash.

Dr. Tim Pelton and Dr. Leslee Francis-Pelton.

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50th Anniversary Deans' Lecture Series

"Education-There is an App for That"

Lecture | April 10, 2013 (7:00 pm - 8:30 pm) | Legacy Art Gallery | Registration required (free)

Tablets, ebooks and apps—what are they bringing to the classroom that isn’t already there? How will these new tools help children learn? How can teachers, parents and others use them to support 21st century learning? Dr Tim Pelton and Dr Leslee Francis-Pelton are faculty members in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the Faculty of Education.

Visit the Deans' Lecture Series for further details and registration information.

Rebecca Johnson.

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50th Anniversary Deans' Lecture Series

"The Murderous Imagination: Colonial Collisions and the Genres of Justice"

Lecture | April 12, 2013 (12:30 pm - 1:45 pm) | Greater Victoria Public Library | Registration required (free)

Rebecca Johnson's, LLM, SJD, Faculty of Law, talk will focus on the high profile 1958 trial of Kikkik, an Inuit woman charged with murder. What can be learned about justice and Canadian histories of the north by exploring four different genres in which this story has been told? We will compare the trial transcript; Farley Mowatt’s book The Desperate People; a trio of Inuit sculptures (carved in 1959) on display in the Yellowknife courthouse; and a documentary film made 50 years after the event by one of Kikkik’s own daughters.

Visit the Deans' Lecture Series for further details and registration information.

Jessica Danforth

Women @ UVic: A Year Long Celebration

Distinguished Women Scholars Lecture - Jessica Danforth

Native Youth Sexual Health Network: The Politics of Sexual Health and Reproductive Heatlh

Lecture | April 25, 2013 (7:00 pm) | First Peoples Health, Ceremonial Hall

Co-sponsored by Academic Women's Caucus, Women's Studies, Indigenous Governance, and Political Science.

Jessica Danforth's work is at the intersection of community building, practical education, indigeneity, feminisms, sexual health, and youth focused education.

Jessica Danforth is a self-described "multi-racial Indigenous hip-hop feminist reproductive justice freedom fighter." She is a proud Two-Spirit young women whose work has spanned across North America to focus on healthy sexuality, youth empowerment, reproductive justice, and cultural competency, as the founder and Executive Director of the Native Youth Sexual Health Network. See the event poster.

BC election event

What is NOT being discussed in the BC election that should be?

Panel discussion | April 30, 2013 (7:00 pm - 9:00 pm) | Social Sciences and Mathematics building A104

Not sure who to vote for? What are the issues on the table? Gain perspective and knowledge from a panel of politicians and political commentators including George Abbott, former politician, and Dr. Dennis Pilon, expert on BC politics and former UVic professor now at York University, and two other panelists. Marking the 50th anniversary of UVic, this panel offers commentary and a Q&A moderated by Dr. Jamie Lawson, UVic Professor of Political Science. Afterwards, there will be a reception with coffee and cookies to facilitate further networking and discussion. All welcome!

May 2013

Sue Milliken and Kelly Dodson in Sichuan during the 2012 expedition

Pursuing the Wild: The Sichuan Botanical Expedition

Presentation | May 23, 2013 (doors open 6:30 pm; lecture: 7:00-9:00pm) | David Lam Auditorium, MacLaurin building A144

Join the Friends of Finnerty Gardens for an evening of botanical discovery as Sue Milliken and Kelly Dodson of Far Reaches Farm present on their 2012 plant hunting expedition to Sichuan, China. The search for new species of rhododendrons, shrubs and perenials was a fascinating trek that included fellow explorers Steve Hootman of the Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden and Peter Cox, legendary plant hunter.

This presentation will appeal to the casual gardener, the serious plant aficionado and everyone with a love of adventure.

To get tickets to this free public lecture, see the event page Pursuing the Wild. Everyone welcome; doors open at 6:30 pm.

Seghers collection.

Catholic Legacies in Victoria

Seminar | May 28 - 29, 2013 | Mearns Centre for Learning

Join us for two days of seminars, field trips and archival exhibitions that bring to vivid life the stories of Roman Catholic missionaries during the period of Victoria's colonial settlement. The focus is on two extraordinary legacies: the "bishop's books," a collection of 3500 rare editions from Renaissance-era Europe brought to Victoria during the 1870s and currently housed in the University of Victoria's Special Collections; and the Sisters of St. Ann Archives at the Royal British Columbia Museum.

Event Highlights:

Seghers Rare Book Exhibit
May 28 - June 4, 2013 | Mearns Centre for Learning

Community Seminar: "The Seghers Collection Then and Now"
May 28, 2013 (2:00 pm - 6:00 pm) | Mearns Centre for Learning

Field Trip to St. Ann's Academy and the Royal BC Museum
May 29, 2013 | Details tba

Catholic Legacies in Victoria is free and open to the public. For more information, visit Centre for Studies in Religion and Society.

June 2013

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Now Art

Exhibition | June 1 - June 8, 2013 | Visual Arts building

As part of Congress 2013, Now Art exhibition celebrates the work and wisdom of UVic's Visual Arts faculty. This is a rare opportunity to see a group exhibit of dynamic contemporary art by faculty members Vikky Alexander, Lynda Gammon, Daniel Laskarin, Sandra Meigs, Jennifer Stillwell, Paul Walde and Robert Youds.

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Congress 2013: Canada’s largest gathering of academic minds comes to Victoria

82nd annual Congress of Humanities and Social Sciences

Congress 2013 | June 1-8, 2013 | Entire campus

Between June 1 and 8, 2013 Victoria will pulse with new ideas, energy and scholastic rigour as approximately 70 associations representing over 7,000 academics, internationally recognized researchers, policy makers and practitioners share findings, refine ideas and build partnerships that will help shape the Canada of tomorrow. Congress represents a unique showcase of scholarly excellence, creativity and leadership.Visit www.uviccongress2013.ca for more information.

Congress Highlights

Big Thinking Lecture Series: running throughout Congress, the Big Thinking lecture series provides an opportunity for prominent public intellectuals to present their ideas. All sessions are open and free to the public.

Congress Special Event: First Peoples Circle Celebration and Dedication Ceremony, June 3, 2013 (16:30-17:30)

Congress Special Event: Buffy Sainte-Marie Concert, June 5, 3013

You are invited to get involved!

Participate
Congress 2013 offers delegates, staff, volunteers and community members eight exciting days of academic excellence, public lectures and community celebrations as part of UVic’s 50th anniversary. Highlights include the Big Thinking speaker series and the largest academic book fair in Canada, as well as daily performances on the outdoor stage (including an evening concert with Buffy Sainte Marie June 5), artisan fairs and exhibits, social/cultural events and activities showcasing the beauty and cultural traditions of the university, Victoria and the West Coast. 
All of these activities are free and open to faculty, staff and the community. 

Volunteer
We are recruiting over 400 volunteers who will play an integral role in ensuring the success of Congress 2013. You will have the opportunity to participate in a world-renowned event, increase your skills, be part of a team where your contribution is valued and have fun at the same time. Sign up today – www.uviccongress2013.ca/staff-volunteers or email volunteers@uviccongress2013.ca

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QuartetFestWest

String quartet workshop & concert series | June 11-21, 2013 | UVic campus

From June 11-21, 2013, young artists from across Canada and abroad will attend this intensive string quartet workshop, studying with world renowned performers, hosts, the Lafayette String Quartet and their guests, the Penderecki String Quartet (Wilfrid Laurier University) and violist Gerald Stanick (Vancouver). Workshops and concerts are open to the public. For more information go to QuartetFestWest

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Spring 2013 Convocation

Ceremony | June 10-14, 2013 | University Centre Farquhar Auditorium | Registration required

Convocation is the university’s formal ceremony for the conferral of degrees, diplomas and certificates. It is a memorable highlight of our students' time at UVic. Information regarding attendance for Convocation, tickets, regalia rental and photographs will be forwarded to all graduating students by mail approximately 6 weeks prior to the ceremony.

 

Visit Convocation for further details.

If you have any questions, contact ceremony@uvic.ca or phone 250-721-7445.

 

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Shared Achievements

Celebration | June 27, 2013 | Social Sciences and Mathematics building (central courtyard) | RSVP required

The campus community are invited to join in a celebration of all that has been accomplished by the UVic community during Dave Turpin's 13 years as President and an ice cream social to mark the end of the 50th anniversary.  Please rsvp online at www.uvic.ca/achievements.

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